MOUNT ST. MARY'S (8-6, 4-1 NEC) vs. SAINT JOSEPH'S (7-6, 3-2 NEC)
Saturday, April 27 | 1:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Maryland | Waldron Family Stadium
SETTING THE SCENE
The Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse team hosts Saint Joseph's in a crucial Northeast Conference (NEC) tilt to close out the regular season on Saturday, April 27. Action from Waldron Family Stadium will begin at 1 p.m.
Prior to the contest, Mount St. Mary's will honor seniors Wyatt Agaisse, Chris DiPretoro, Rich Holle, Jack Mangan, Stephano Mastro, Shawn Milione, Zach Roberts and Griffin Vanderbeek with a pregame ceremony as part of Senior Day. The seniors in this year's class have combined to play in 231 games in their careers at the Mount.
With a victory over Saint Joseph's, the Mount would clinch its first NEC Playoff berth since 2015. A win by the Mount coupled with a loss by Hobart on Saturday would secure an NEC Regular Season Championship and home field in the Playoffs for the Mountaineers. For a full breakdown of all potential playoff seeding and tiebreaker scenarios, including a potential five-way tie for first place, click here.
MOUNT'S HISTORY IN THE NEC
The Mount's lone NEC Regular Season Title came back in 2011 during the league's first official season. The Mountaineers went 4-1 in league play en route to claiming the Regular Season Title, and went on to defeat Bryant and Quinnipiac in the playoffs that year to win the only NEC Tournament Championship in program history.
Mount St. Mary's has made three appearances in the NEC Playoffs in eight previous seasons in the conference. In addition to their trip to the playoffs as the top seed in 2011, the Mountaineers also earned berths in both 2012 and 2015 as the No. 4 seed.
Mount St. Mary's had its five-game win streak snapped on Saturday in an 11-8 loss to Hobart this past Saturday at Boswell Field.
Entering the contest with an opportunity to clinch the NEC Regular Season Title, Mount St. Mary's was handed its first conference loss of the season by Hobart, which moved both teams to 4-1 in league play. The Mountaineers still have an opportunity to claim the NEC Regular Season Championship and home field throughout the playoffs with a victory over Saint Joseph's on Saturday paired with a loss by Hobart.
The Mount was led by Luke Frankeny, who tallied three points on a pair of goals and one assist. Brendan Doyle and Brenden McCarthey helped paced the offense with one goal and one assist apiece. On the defensive end, Bryan McIntosh tallied a game-high four caused turnovers to go along with four ground balls. Goalie Dylan Furnback registered his ninth double-digit save performance of the season with 12 stops in the tilt.
Goals: DiPretoro (33), Frankeny (24), Bethke (20)
Assists: Doyle (11), Mangan (10), McCarthy (9)
Points: DiPretoro (39), Frankeny (30), Bethke (28)
Ground balls: Stephan (90), Mangan (54), McIntosh (43)
Caused turnovers: McIntosh (27), Mangan (21), Davies (10)
Face-offs: Stephan (137-265), Mangan (20-31), Raum (19-45)
Save pct.: Furnback (.518)
INSIDE LACROSSE POLL
Prior to the team's loss to Hobart this past Saturday, the Mount had received votes in the Inside Lacrosse Division I Media Poll in two consecutive weeks.
The Mountaineers have faced four nationally-ranked teams on the year, and picked up their sixth all-time win against a ranked opponent in the 12-11 overtime triumph at #14 Richmond back in early March.
With a win over Saint Joseph's, the Mountaineers would match their best record since the 2011 season, when they finished at 9-6 overall and 4-1 in conference play. A victory would also secure the Mount's first winning season since the 2011 campaign as well.
RISING IN THE RANKS
Senior attackman Chris DiPretoro, who became the 13th player in Mount program history to reach 100 career goals earlier in the season, currently leads the squad with 33 goals and 39 points on the year. DiPretoro has pushed his career goal total to 121, which is seventh-most in program history. The Owings, Maryland native has tallied multiple goals in 10 of the last 12 contests to move up to sixth in the NEC in goals per game (2.29).
Midfielder Jack Mangan has 72 caused turnovers in his career, which is the most-ever by a Mountaineer since it became an official stat. Mangan is also seventh in program history with 200 ground balls. The Bayville, New York native currently ranks second on the team in both caused turnovers (21) and ground balls (54) this season.
STEPPING UP ON DEFENSE
Mount St. Mary's is yielding 10.50 goals per game, which is the best in the NEC this season. Goalie Dylan Furnback has been a big part of the team's success as he's posted double-digit saves in nine of 14 games on the year, and has claimed a pair of NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
SCOUTING SAINT JOSEPH'S
The Hawks, who sit at 7-6 overall and 3-2 in the NEC, need a win over the Mount on Saturday to have a shot at a playoff berth. Nate Patterson leads the team in all three scoring categories with 37 points on 18 goals and 19 assists. Mike Adler has started all 13 games in goal for the Hawks, registering a .522 save percentage and 10.89 goals against average.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mount owns a 13-10 advantage in the all-time series against Saint Joseph's despite the Hawks having won each of the last six matchups. In the contest between the teams last season, Saint Joseph's posted a 14-7 victory in Philadelphia. Chris DiPretoro and Matt Haggerty led the Mount in that tilt with two goals apiece.
The NEC Playoffs will take place on May 2 and 4 at the home of the highest seed.